This is actually a great time to be taking lessons! Plenty of time at home, we all need music to cheer us up. And we all need something productive to do that feels good and makes others feel good. Online lessons are working out very well – it only took a few weeks for music teachers to figure out how to tweak the software to get a good sound. I can give you detailed instructions when you sign up. The online software is easy to use and free! I offer lessons via Zoom or through your browser using a version of Jitsi that I host on my website (the sound is a little better than Zoom). You only need a computer/laptop with a webcam/microphone. You can also use a smartphone. Most phones now have good cameras and microphones.
I just completed composing/performing/recording music for a new film that is now out and available for streaming. He/She and Me is presented by the Justice Theater Project. Stage Play by Sharon Mathis, Screenplay by Sharon Mathis and Jerry Sipp. Featuring Janet Boudreau. You can read my blog post about it and listen to the music HERE.
We managed to have weekly viol playing sessions at UNC that were part of Brent Wissick’s viol class for the Fall Semester. The students were all on Zoom but 5 of us played for them on Friday afternoons and at the end of the semester we recorded the pieces the students were working on. Here’s the recording.
From time to time I will be doing live-streamed events and will post them on my Upcoming Performances page. Hopefully some day soon we’ll be performing live and in person again!
Here’s a list of livestreaming Jazz Performances generated by Jazz Near You
The Triangle On The Cheap events calendar features free and cheap things to do every day in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and elsewhere in the Triangle.
For an updating graphic view of world-wide COVID-19 statistics, see my favorite site for visualizing data: Information is Beautiful.